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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5" Solid State Drive OCZSSD64GB
OCZ SSD Support Addendum
OCZ SSD Closer Look
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Solid State Final Thoughts

EDITORS NOTE: Please read Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.

As a product analyst, I often get to have my hands on product that I would otherwise never spend my own money to purchase. Certainly, Solid State Drives might fall into this category. There are certain products which I feel are so new that it's better to let them ripen on the vine, so to say. However early adopters never follow the pack, and scoff at the notion of waiting out the next technologies maturity.

OCZ is certainly taking on a lot of new ground. Not only are they less than 5% dedicated towards the flash-based side of their product line, but they also practically alone with their entry into the retail SSD market. With only four other companies selling market-ready SSD's at this time, it's rather unique to have a performance system memory name offer a value-level 64GB SATA Solid State Drive.

OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5 Inch SSD Solid State Drive OCZSSD64GB Performance Review

For the past six months, or at least since Reno Hosted the SuperComputing Conference SC07, I have been on the prowl to test every SSD I could get my hands onto. It seemed that every time I requested a sample, I was given the run-around. Some manufacturers like to issue press release statements announcing their latest SSD product and specification ratings, and then give the excuse that they are in development even after a full six months after product announcement (shame on you, Transcend). It's nice to see that some companies still deliver what they promise. Perhaps OCZ will inspire other companies to actually release what they advertise, or at a minimum release a product that meets the stated specifications when it finally is released.

OCZSSD64GB Conclusion

OCZ is not too different from most performance aftermarket manufacturers. Their product packaging uses exciting colors and graphics, and the aura is created even before the box is opened. The OCZ 64GB SATA Solid State Drive OCZSSD64GB is no different; which is odd for a product which focuses less on performance and more on value.

Even despite the guise of "value" branding, the OCZSSD64GB SSD appearance certainly tries to convince you otherwise. The Alloy case with brushed finish is well beyond the plastic card case I've seen the competition using. It can look expensive, and it does, but thankfully the price tag is nowhere near the competition's level.

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the OCZ 64GB SATA SSD. Solid State Disks are by nature immune to most abuses, but add to this a hard shell and you have to wonder what it would take to make this drive fail. Keep wondering, because I'm not in a position to wreck one of these just yet.

Random access times were not among the best for all Solid State Disks we've tested, but at 0.23 ms the reaction is a full magnitude faster than spindle disks. Additionally, the linear read speed was comparable to most standard notebook hard disk drives, but (presently) as with all SSD's the buffered read speed is still well beneath HDD's. Until the SATA-II generation of SSD's becomes more than an empty press release (which is opposite of OCZ's common practice), we will have to wait for another day to have the functionality stalemate resolved.

Value is a relative term, especially when you discuss bleeding edge technology. People ridicule the thought of making the high-dollar purchase of an SSD over a standard hard drive, but then they get into their Hummer's and Porsche's and drive to Starbucks. At the end of every emerging technology is two sides: one which will buy and one which will not. Thankfully, Solid State Disk technology is made more affordable by OCZ's value play.

PRICE UPDATE 20 November 2008: The original OCZSSD series has since been replaced with a newer product line. The OCZ Solid Series OCZSSD2-1SLD60G is a direct replacement, and is currently available at NewEgg for $149. Although they are still not as inexpensive as HDD technology, OCZ sells their SSD products for much less than the others by far.

For now, the benefits are not quite there for me to recommend SSD's to the mainstream user. Certainly OCZ has helped make the technology available, but for the cost it would seem that 64GB worth of storage space on a SATA interface would have to be used for something critically important to warrant a Solid State Drive. Nevertheless, if you're after a replacement disk for your notebook, the OCZSSD64GB offers outstanding SSD capacity at the lowest price per gigabyte available.

Pros:

+ Low power consumption extends battery life
+ Lightweight storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Large 64GB SSD capacity
+ 1 Year OCZ full warranty
+ Best cost:gigabyte price ratio
+ Alloy casing adds to appearance and appeal
+ Very accurate product specifications

Cons:

- Expensive. Even with the best cost:gigabyte ratio.
- Lower buffered read speed than most SSD's
- Slower random access time than other SSD's
- Alloy case is heavier than plastic SSD cases

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.50
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.75
  • Functionality: 8.25
  • Value: 6.25

Final Score: 8.45 out of 10.

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# RE: OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5David Beeken 2010-02-20 13:04
I am trying to se what seriel number will fit in my new eee pc 901 by Asus? Does your model number OCZSSDMPEP 64G Fit? I just do not know the price nor who sells them! Can you help me out?
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# RE: OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5" Solid State Drive OCZSSD64GBOlin Coles 2010-02-20 16:56
The model number isn't a concern; it's the profile size of the drive that matters. Most notebook computers take a 2.5" drive (which is what most SSDs fit), but several netbooks, including many ASUS Eee PCs, fit a 1.8" ZIF drive.

My advise is to check with ASUS on the size of the drive in your netbook, or take it out and measure it yourself, and then go shopping.
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